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Marshall Movie to get Top Star A new movie about the 1970 Marshall plane crash that killed 75 football players, coaches, fans and university employees will star Matthew McConaughey as Marshall coach
Published: 3/13/2006 2:11:15 PM

Marshall Movie to get Top Star

A new movie about the 1970 Marshall plane crash that killed 75 football players, coaches, fans and university employees will star Matthew McConaughey as Marshall coach Jack Lengyel. Lengyel took over as Marshall’s head football coach on St. Patrick’s Day 1971 immediately following the tragic crash and led the team to a stirring victory in their first home game later that year. Lengyel received The National Football Foundation’s 2005 John L. Toner for his work as athletics director at Louisville, Missouri, Fresno State, the Naval Academy and Colorado.

Paterno Takes Home Second Bobby Dodd Award

Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno received the 2005 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award Monday night at The Penn Stater Conference Center on the PSU campus. Paterno, also the 1981 winner and the only coach selected twice to receive the award, led the Nittany Lions to an 11-1 record and a victory over Florida State in the Orange Bowl this past January. Paterno’s resume includes 354 wins, two national championships, five unbeaten and untied seasons and a 21-10-1 record in 32 bowl appearances. Of the 29 recipients of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award, seven are members of the College Football Hall of Fame.

Draddy Finalists Among NCAA Scholarship Recipients

Six of the 16 finalists for the NFF’s 2005 Draddy Trophy presented by HealthSouth were among 58 recipients of NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships for 2005 fall sports, the NCAA announced last week. Cory Cangelosi (Central Arkansas), Reed Doughty (Northern Colorado), Nick Hartigan (Brown), Santo Maimone (Case Western Reserve), Rudy Niswanger (LSU) and DeMeco Ryans (Alabama) all received $7,500 postgraduate scholarships awarded to 29 male and 29 female student-athletes, including nine football players, for their combined success in the classroom and on the athletic field. These six received $18,000 postgraduate scholarships as National Scholar-Athletes and Draddy Trophy Finalists during the NFF’s 48th Annual Awards Dinner last December 6. Niswanger took home the Draddy Trophy presented by HealthSouth, widely considered the Academic Heisman, and an additional $7,000 in scholarship money.

No Changes to BCS Next Year

Mike Slive, commissioner of the Southeast Conference, told Sporting News last week that no changes will be made this year to the formula that computes the Bowl Championship Series standings. The formula, which began 2005 with a new poll, the Harris Interactive Poll, replacing the Associated Press poll, produced the matchup between Southern California and Texas last January in the Rose Bowl that determined college football’s national champion. The BCS will still undergo some changes for the 2006 season, as a fifth game will be added to the BCS lineup and Fox will replace ABC as the broadcast home of the BCS. The National Football Foundation tabulates and releases the Bowl Championship Series standings each Monday during the college football season.

Bowl Schools Enjoy Dual Success in Men's Basketball

Sixteen schools that played in bowl games throughout the 2005-06 bowl season also earned spots among the 65 teams in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Texas, Ohio State and West Virginia, all of which played in a BCS bowl game, are among the favorites to reach the Final Four this year. Other bowl teams included in the field are Memphis, who earned a #1 seed in the tournament; Alabama, Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin, all January 2 day bowl participants; and California, Kansas, Nevada, Boston College, Oklahoma, UCLA, LSU and NC State.

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